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Corky tag

Show your support for Emporia State while contributing to the general academic scholarship fund. Tag your car or truck with a Corky license plate and take your Hornet pride with you on the road!

Your annual gift of $35 does more than give you access to the ESU tag. It helps us raise over $15,000 annually for new student scholarships.

Who qualifies for an Emporia State Corky license plate?

Are you an Emporia State University graduate? Student? Parent, fan, or friend of Emporia State? Congratulations—you’re eligible to apply for a Corky tag if:

  • you own or lease a vehicle registered in Kansas, and
  • your vehicle is a passenger car or a truck that is registered for weight of 20,000 lbs. or less. (Motorcycle plates are not available.)

How do I get a Corky tag?

Visit your county treasurer office to purchase a new tag.  The treasurer’s office will collect an annual tax-deductible gift of $35 to the Emporia State University Foundation, an annual $5 processing fee to the state and a one-time production charge of $50.50, plus your annual tags and taxes. All of these charges/fees will be paid together in one transaction made payable to your treasurer's office. Production charge is subject to change.

When should I order my tag?

You may order a tag at any time. However, to avoid paying the annual gift twice in one year, the best time to purchase a tag is during your annual tag renewal process.

What does the annual $35 gift go toward?

Funds from the Corky tag program help provide scholarships and recognition for Emporia State University students.

How do I renew my license plate?

Approximately 45 days before your annual tag renewal date, you will receive your annual tags and taxes statement from the state of Kansas. Included in the statement will be your $35 gift to the Emporia State University Foundation for being a Corky tag owner. Only one payment transaction will be necessary—your Emporia State Foundation gift and vehicle tag/taxes expense may be paid at your county treasurer’s office, by mail, or online at

When will I receive a receipt for my license plate contribution?

The $35 Corky tag gift is 100% tax deductible as a charitable contribution. You will receive a year-end tax statement from the Emporia State University Foundation reflecting your $35 gift per tag.

Can I personalize my Corky license plate?

Plate numbers are produced consecutively and issued randomly. The state of Kansas does not allow personalization of educational license plates and does not honor requests for specific plate numbers.

Can I order a Corky license plate for my motorcycle?

No, motorcycle plates are not available.

What if I still have questions about the Emporia State Corky license plate?

Please contact Katie Werly, Emporia State University Foundation pledge and gift coordinator at (620) 341-6474 or call toll-free at (855) 378-2586 (855-ESU-ALUM).